7 Tips to Keep Your Old Car in Top Condition

  • By Lea Naiz
  • 27 Jun, 2017
If you love your old car and don’t want to spend the money to buy a new one, it’s important to keep your car in top condition. If you do, you’ll experience fewer breakdowns and keep your ownership costs low. Use these seven tips to keep your car in the best condition possible.
Grandfather And Grandson Working On Restored Classic Car Looking At The Engine

1. Stay Proactive

One of the easiest ways to maintain the functionality and appearance of your car is to stay proactive. Buy accessories, such as car covers, that may help protect your car. Commit to scheduling service appointments before you’re overdue.

2. Schedule Regular Maintenance

Following the manufacturer’s guidelines regarding automotive maintenance can help keep your car in the best shape. The manufacturer established these recommendations based on research and their experience creating and testing your car. Get oil changes, replace filters, and schedule flushes in accordance with these guidelines.

3. Resolve Small Issues Quickly

Many drivers put off small and inexpensive repairs because they’re too busy to schedule a service appointment to get it fixed. This can lead to needing more expensive and extensive repairs down the road. Refilling low fluid levels or tire pressure, replacing broken belts, and repairing small dents cost less than transmission issues, towing, or rust that happens when these issues aren’t resolved. Plus, taking care of these minor issues quickly protects your car from costly repairs that would force you to question if it makes sense to keep it.

4. Avoid Flooring It

Speeding and accelerating rapidly can damage your car’s engine. Even though it might sound great to floor it from a stop light, avoid these behaviors if you want to maintain the performance of your engine. If you’ve already done this a lot with your car, there’s still a benefit to stopping it now.

5. Replace Commonly Aged Parts

Some of your car’s parts will predictably break and fail. By replacing the parts that are likely to break as they age, such as brakes and coolant hoses, you’ll keep your car functioning well. If you don’t remember the last time you’ve replaced something, ask your service technician if it’s time.

6. Hire Professional Automotive Technicians

Inexperienced automotive technicians or well-meaning friends can unintentionally damage your car with subpar service or by failing to diagnosis a critical issue in a timely manner. Automotive technicians should have the relevant education, certifications, and experience working on cars. Make sure that you establish a relationship with a service shop and only work with technicians you trust.

7. Skip Long Road Trips

If you want to go on a road trip, evaluate if it makes sense to put the miles on your aging car or to get a rental. Since  putting miles on your car ages it  faster, securing a rental car might be a good investment. If your destination is really far away, consider flying.

By using these tips, you’ll be able to keep using your car for many years. You’ll know that your car will reliably get you to your destination. Plus, you’ll reduce your ownership costs and not have to buy a new car.

If you are tired of getting the runaround and being treated like you haven’t got a clue, we invite you to try  Colchin Automotive  instead. Give us a call at 303-431-5421 for all of your automotive needs!

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